Everyone puts off going to the dentist. We get it. You’re busy, and it’s an easy errand to push to the back of your mind. Something you absolutely should never do, however, is avoid visiting the dentist when you have a tooth problem. You might be able to put it out of your mind, but the problem will never go away until it’s professionally taken care of. In fact, chances are it’ll only get much, much worse.
These are three examples of the exact kinds of problems we’re referring to. If you have any of the following dental conditions, see a dentist ASAP! Remember: you can come to ImmediaDent anytime between 9 am and 9 pm, seven days a week. You don’t even need an appointment! If you have any one of these, we’ll be very happy you came – and so will you!
When you have a cavity, it means tooth decay has worn away part of the hard outer tissue of your tooth. The decayed part of the tooth rots away, leaving behind a small hole – or cavity. Cavities can cause all kinds of problems, minor and major. First of all, they compromise the structural integrity of the tooth and may expose your nerves to painful sensations. Cavities can cause pain when biting down, persistent dull throbbing pain, or temperature sensitivity.
Even worse, unaddressed cavities expose you to further and greater mouth problems. The inner layer of tooth exposed by cavities is more vulnerable than the hard outer tissues. If bacteria or decay get into your cavity, they could spread through the tooth or into your gums. Dentists prevent cavities from causing pain or other dental problems by filling them in. Having a professional put in a dental filling is quick, easy, and completely solves the problem.
You should never ignore swollen gums, because they’re often an early warning sign of dental issues. Your gums could swell for all kinds of reasons. Usually, gums swell because of plaque buildup on or between the teeth, or on the gums themselves. It’s also possible that tooth decay inside a cavity could be irritating your gum line, leading to the swelling. It’s much less common, but swollen gums could even be a sign of serious gum disease.
Swollen gums can be either a minor inconvenience or a major problem, depending on how bad they are. Swelling puts pressure on the teeth, mouth, and jaw, which can result in soreness, pain, and muscle fatigue. Swollen gums are often more sensitive than healthy gums, which can make brushing, flossing, eating, and even drinking difficult. The longer the gums stay swollen, the more serious the problem probably is. Dentists can identify why your gums are swollen and, usually, solve the underlying problem right there.
Whether your tooth is cracked, chipped, split – whatever, it’s a bad idea to leave it that way for long. Unfortunately, when damaged teeth aren’t addressed quickly, they get worse. Cracks grow and spread, chips deepen, and cavities get wider. Even more unfortunately, they get worse quickly. Teeth are tough, but they also put up with a lot of trauma. Chewing to break down food is hard work. When a tooth is compromised, it won’t be able to do this work without trouble for very long.
Eventually, the crown of the tooth may break down to expose the pulp inside. When that happens, outer sensations will have direct access to the nerves of your teeth and mouth. That means serious and relatively constant pain. Exposed nerves are also vulnerable to disease-causing bacteria and plaque. Dentists usually fix cracked teeth by installing a crown on the affected tooth. Crowns are quick and easy to put in, and solve most damaged tooth problems extremely effectively.
We’re not trying to scare you with dental horror stories (we’ll save those Halloween!). All we want to do is really drive home our point: you should never wait to have dental issues taken care of. The longer you put off your dental visit, the worse your problem gets. The worse your problem gets, the more painful, expensive, and time-consuming it will be.
The takeaway from all this is clear: next time you think you may have a problem, call or stop by ImmediaDent immediately! Our experts will identify and fix whatever mouth problems are causing you trouble fast. You’ll feel less guilty about avoiding your errand, and you’ll end up a lot healthier to boot!